How Democrats lost the sequester

Nice piece from Ezra on the sequester last Friday.  Here’s the rub:

In effect, what Democrats said Friday was that in any case where the political pain caused by sequestration becomes unbearable, they will agree to cancel that particular piece of the bill while leaving the rest of the law untouched. The result is that sequestration is no longer particularly politically threatening, but it’s even more unbalanced: Cuts to programs used by the politically powerful will be addressed, but cuts to programs that affects the politically powerless will persist. It’s worth saying this clearly: The pain of sequestration will be concentrated on those who lack political power.

In other words, middle-class and rich people fly airplanes, so Congress will eliminate the sequester’s effects on air traffic control.  Middle class and rich kids do not have their kids in Head Start.  So, so much for restoring funding there– or for anything that is hurting poor people.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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